Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Hiking Byers Lake at Denali State Park, Alaska
On our way south from Healy to Bird Creek, we stopped for a hike at
Denali State Park
. The heavy rainstorm we had at
Denali National Park
the day before was just starting to clear out.
The weather wasn't quite as freezing cold, so I bundled up again in a few less layers. I'm not fond of this green rain jacket, but it does match the ferns quite nicely.
And we saw a LOT of ferns. The 5 mile loop around Byers Lake starts with an inland hike through deep fern groves.
A perilous cable bridge takes you over the river on the north side of the lake.
We were carrying bear spray, but the only animals we spotted were two massive
. Their wingspan must have been about 5 feet!
Poor Amy was still rocking her emergency poncho to keep out the rain.
The trail was so full flowers, moss and rocks that it looked almost professionally landscaped.
You'd pay a landscaper thousands of dollars to achieve this level of ideal mossiness!
Another bridge on the south end delivered us back to the ranger station. On a clear day, you're supposed to have a magnificent view of Mt. McKinley from here.
Along the hike, I spotted a few new wildflowers. Including Artic Wintergreen:
And Rusty Meziesia:
A fantastic spot to stretch your legs on the drive to or from Denali National Park!
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Denali State Park, Trapper Creek, AK 99683, USA
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